Common Water-crowfoot - Ranunculus aquatilis


Water-crowfoots are a difficult group and expert help is often required to establish accurate identity of species. It has two kinds of leaves, floating and leaf-like ones with 3 to 7 shallow lobes, and submerged ones composed of numerous leafy segments. Flowers solitary, white.

Photo ID?

Shallow freshwater habitats, ponds, etc.

When to see it

April to September.

Life History

Annual or perennial.

UK Status

Fairly frequent throughout Britain, but scarcer in the North.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland but care has to be taken with identification as there are a number of very similar species. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 75 of the 617 tetrads.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map